Zovirax eye ointment includes the active component aciclovir, which is an antiviral medicine. Aciclovir is used to treat infections with the herpes simplex virus.
What Is It Used for?
Inflammation of the front of the eye (cornea) brought on by infection with the herpes simplex infection (herpes simplex keratitis).
How Does It Work?
Zovirax eye ointment contains the active ingredient aciclovir, which is an antiviral medication. Aciclovir is used to treat infections with the herpes simplex infection.
Aciclovir works by stopping the herpes simplex virus from reproducing and contaminating more cells.
Aciclovir is transformed to a more active form inside cells of the body that are infected with herpes simplex. The triggered aciclovir then works by blocking the action of a viral enzyme called DNA polymerase.
The herpes infection needs the DNA polymerase enzyme to copy its hereditary material from RNA to DNA. This procedure is needed for the virus to multiply and continue to survive. By blocking the action of DNA polymerase, aciclovir prevents the herpes virus from increasing. This controls the infection and assists the immune system to handle it.
Zovirax eye cream is specifically formulated to treat inflammation of the front of the eye (cornea) caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus. This serious infection is called herpes simplex keratitis.
The ointment needs to be used five times a day, at around four-hourly intervals. Treatment with this medicine need to continue for at least 3 days after the eye has actually recovered to guarantee the infection has actually cleared up fully. Follow the instructions given by your doctor.
- This medicine is just appropriate for use in the eye.
- Contact lenses need to not be worn during treatment with this product.
- This medicine might cause your vision to blur temporarily after you have used it into your eye. Do not drive or run machinery till this has disappeared.
- If you are using more than one kind of eye drop you need to administer them a minimum of 5 minutes apart, to prevent the second drop removing the first. Use eye gels or ointments last.
- This eye ointment is sterilized till opened. It needs to not be used if more than four weeks have passed since it was first opened, as it may be contaminated with germs that could contaminate the eye. You may find it useful to write the date of first opening on the packet so you understand when to deal with it.
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Allergy to aciclovir or valaciclovir:
- This medication should not be used if you dislike one or any of its active ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have actually previously experienced such an allergy.
- If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medication and notify your doctor or pharmacist right away.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
- Certain medications need to not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medications might be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Constantly notify your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, prior to using any medication.
- This medication is not known to be hazardous if used during pregnancy. It is absorbed into the bloodstream only in extremely low quantities after being used to the eyes. Nevertheless, the manufacturer mentions that it must be used with caution during pregnancy, and just if the expected advantage to the mom is higher than any possible risk to the baby. If you are pregnant you need to ask your doctor for suggestions prior to using this medicine.
- This medicine is absorbed into the blood stream just in really low quantities after being used to the eyes. As a result, the amounts that enter breast milk are anticipated to be irrelevant and not likely to have a harmful impact on a nursing baby. However, as with all medications, you must look for medical suggestions from your doctor before using this medication if you are breastfeeding.
Medicines and their possible side effects can impact individual people in various methods. The following are a few of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Even if a side effect is specified here, it does not suggest that all people using this medication will experience that or any side effect.
- Typical (impact more than 1 in 10 people).
- Common (affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people).
Stinging on application.
- Inflammation of the lining of the eye, causing pain and soreness (conjunctivitis).
Uncommon (impact in between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 10,000 people).
Inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis).
- The side effects noted above might not consist of all the side effects reported by the medication’s manufacturer. To find out more about any other possible risks associated with this medication, please read the information offered with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How Can This Medicine Impact Other Medications?
There are no significant interactions reported with this medicine. Nevertheless, if you are using other are using other eye drops or lotions at the very same time as this eye ointment, you should leave a five minute interval between the application of each item into the eye. Eye ointments ought to be used into the eye last.